Boeing Commercial Airplanes

October 23, 2012 - 9:19am

Boeing on Tuesday began building the first 777 at the highest rate ever for any of its twin-aisle models, the company said today. The rate of 8.3 airplanes per month amounts to a nearly 20-percent increase over the previous rate of seven per month.

Workers loaded into position the first part—the lower lobe of the 777’s aft fuselage—for assembly under the new rate in its factory in Everett, Washington.

July 14, 2012 - 12:13pm
Boeing 737 Max 9 in United Airlines livery

Boeing announced a firm order from United Airlines on July 12 for 150 new 737 narrowbodies worth $14.7 billion at list prices, rounding out a week in which airlines and leasing companies placed more than $37 billion in orders and commitments for 737s at the Farnborough International airshow.

July 11, 2012 - 1:50am

Boeing made history a few weeks ago when it rolled out the first commercial airliner built outside of its manufacturing base in the Puget Sound region of Washington state: a 787 Dreamliner produced at its new final assembly plant in North Charleston, South Carolina. For the U.S. airframer, it was a breakthrough after a changed approach to manufacturing that has been far from straightforward and uncontentious.

July 9, 2012 - 7:29pm

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner took to the podium for the first time yesterday as BCA boss and, in the process, laid to rest any thought that the company has been dragging its heels on follow-on development of the 787-10X and 777X.

“We’re not backing away from the airplanes one bit,” said Conner. “We’re more committed now than ever. We just don’t want to get into specifics…When we get the aircraft right we’ll move forward.”

July 2, 2012 - 10:00am
Jim Albaugh

A rather brief, trying but largely proud chapter in the rich history of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) came to an end last week, when Jim Albaugh announced he would leave the company, three years before its mandatory retirement age.

April 30, 2012 - 3:40pm

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh argued for reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank April 27 during a brief speech celebrating the rollout of the first 787 Dreamliner from Boeing’s new final assembly facility in North Charleston, S.C.

April 25, 2012 - 2:53pm
Lufthansa 747-8I

Boeing signed over the first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airliner to Lufthansa today, ahead of a May 1 flight to its Frankfurt base. The manufacturer has now delivered three Intercontinentals, including two VIP airplanes, and 14 freighter variants to another five customers.

April 16, 2012 - 10:40am
Boeing-Embraer accord

Embraer left no doubt about its lack of interest in challenging Boeing any time soon in the hotly contested narrowbody market segment, when the two companies announced last week they had entered a loosely defined “cooperation agreement” calling for a joint effort to “enhance operational efficiency, safety and productivity, improve customer satisfaction and create value for both companies and their customers.” Specific areas of cooperation incl

March 25, 2012 - 3:00am

With Chinese customers having expressed a clear preference for larger private aircraft, it is little wonder that Boeing Business Jets has proved popular in greater China. Of the 10 BBJs sold so far, four are already in service–two with DeerJet in mainland China, one with MetroJet in Hong Kong and another with a private owner in Taiwan.

March 5, 2012 - 4:35pm
787 production line

Boeing has increased the final assembly production rate on the 787 Dreamliner from 2.5 to 3.5 per month in Everett, Washington, a Boeing spokesman Monday. The rate increase took effect on March 1.

“Elements of the supply chain are already moving toward subsequent rate breaks in the future,” said the spokesman.

 
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